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Turkey Meat Allergy IgE Blood Test

The turkey meat allergy IgE blood test measures the amount of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood to detect an allergy to turkey meat.


Test Code: 602823

Also Known As:

Methodology: Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.


Test Code: 2748

Also Known As:

Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 2-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Order a turkey meat allergy IgE blood test to detect an allergy to turkey meat. This test measures the amount of allergen-specific antibodies in a blood sample. A turkey allergy, although rare, affects both children and adults. Individuals that are allergic to turkey may also be allergic to other types of poultry, including duck, chicken, and goose. 

Traditionally, the whole turkey is the centerpiece for holiday meals. Turkey can be purchased whole, the entire carcass, or divided into its component pieces, such as the legs, wings, breast, and so on. Ground turkey meat is often sold as a lower-fat substitute for ground red meat and is used in various recipes.

An allergy to turkey meat triggers a reaction in an individual's immune system. The body views certain substances as toxic and produces IgE antibodies to these contaminants. These antibodies cause histamine to be released, which will cause the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

Allergy symptoms vary from one individual to the next ranging from mild to severe reactions, which can be experienced within minutes to hours after exposure. Common symptoms of a turkey meat allergy may include one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Tingling in mouth
  • Swollen face, tongue, lips, or throat
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • In rare cases, anaphylaxis

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